OPEN WORKSHOPS, et al

[[ ΑNOIXTA EΡΓΑΣΤΗΡΙΑ // OPEN WORKSHOPS ]]
17.O6.2O17, 10:00-14:00
Κέντρο Πόλης Πάφου // Pafos City Centre


Στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος της Κοινωνικής Συμμετοχής, στούντιο, γκαλερί και εργαστήρια χεροτεχνών και καλλιτεχνών στο κέντρο της πόλης υποδέχονται επισκέπτες και συνομιλούν μαζί τους για τον τρόπο και διαδικασία της δημιουργίας των έργων τους. Θα κυκλοφορήσει σχετικός οδηγός.
*Με τη συνεργασία των Cyprus Open Studios.

Within the context of the Community Involvement programme, studios, galleries, and art and crafts workshops in the town centre, welcome visitors and chat with them about the method and process of creating their artworks. Α map will be published with each location.
**With the cooperation of Cyprus Open Studios.

www.pafos2017.eu                   &            www.cyprusopenstudios.com

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COS will occupy a vacant shop (08 on the map) where 8 members will be interacting with the public and introduce people to the world-wide open studio concept. Our beloved Cyprus is a small – but perfectly formed! –  island in the Eastern Mediterranean, far, far away from the hustle and bustle of big time art dealing in major centres of the world. For that reason we, at Cyprus Open Studios (COS), are ‘taking the mountain to Mohammed’ by creating a portal for artists to exhibit abroad.

Due to the OPEN WORKSHOPS event, the COS organisers have decided to

keep registration OPEN until 20 June 2017.

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Cyprus Open Studios (COS) are proud to have been instrumental in introducing six Cyprus-based artists, first to the selection at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and, traditionally, on to the Salon des Refuses when not selected by the RA. The latter opened on 1 June and will close tomorrow, 4 June 2017 – we wish them all the very best of luck! Next year, we will do it all again. If you are interested, please contact us on info@cyprusopenstudios.com

Here are a few shots taken at the opening night at the Salon des Refuses exhibition:

Enormous thanks to Marina Emphietzi-Harris for her hard work in putting it all together. Without you, this would not be possible!

Till next time, keep on creating!

The COS Team.

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Stepping up to the plate is a baseball term and in essence means: Throw me that ball so that I can hit it for six!   baseball-player-clipart-tumundografico-2-baseball-player-clip-art-1000_823

Life has a way of throwing curve-balls at one. If you know anything about cricket, there are more ways to throw a ball than batsmen would like,  especially Shane Warne’s googly. the googlyWe are all batters or batsmen, constantly stopping those balls ending our innings.

Now that had absolutely nothing to do with art or artists! Just felt like having a bit of fun…

Sometimes that canvas sits on the easel and you look at it with suspicion; it could at any moment throw you a ball you were not expecting. It could go either way, causing you to have a brilliant end product or… binning it. I’ve had one on my easel now for the best part of five or six weeks which started off really well. Then came the ‘leave it for a bit’ period and let it talk to you. Well, this one spoke loud and clear and said it was all wrong. Scraped off lots of the oils in certain places and let it rest… and that’s where it still sits. I honestly feel like binning it, as the only way I could rescue the thing would be to use my electric sander and get rid of all the impasto oil paint – and start again. Time will tell…

The time I spent learning from Jerry Fresia at Lake Como in Italy resonates within when a painting doesn’t work. His lesson was simple: When you paint, become more of yourself. He was so right!    Jerry painting

This makes me wonder how I could wander so far away from myself when I painted that painting – or attempted to paint that painting! Where did I take the wrong turning? Time to retrace my steps and look again.

So it is with the creation of all art; we need to keep on track, stay focused and aim for self-satisfaction. There is nothing Narcissistic about that; you simply do what you were put on this earth for in the first place: to create. Reach for that place within that makes your Being sing with joy!

I guess that is one of the reasons – if not the main one – why we love doing what we do with Cyprus Open Studios. It is almost as good as going to an art gallery or museum, familiarising oneself with the work of the wonderful creators who live and work in Cyprus. We feel as if we are getting to know each one rather intimately when they share their reasons for creating their art, even though we have never met.

The good news is that we do have the opportunity to  meet these creators of beauty and joy – each October during Cyprus Open Studios month. We are still accepting registrations until the end of May!

More good news is that we will be hosting, in collaboration with Paphos2017, a one-day open studios event in Makarios Street in the old town, between the market and Kennedy Square.

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Several of the shops selling arts and crafts will also be participating, with artists working on the spot and ever ready to tell you more about their techniques, passions and inspirations. Pafos2017 will be creating a route map and COS will be in one of the shops currently awaiting a new tenant, where visitors will get a taste of what’s in store in October. We would love to see you there – watch the press for further details and we will also keep you updated on progress on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Last, but most certainly not least – in case you have not seen it before, COS actively assist artists to exhibit in London at prime venues. Six COS members tried their luck with the Royal Academy of Arts and, following on, can be seen at the Salon des Refuses venue in Islington from 1 June 2017.

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We are preparing to follow on to another venue later  – more information will follow once available.

Opportunities arise all the time and it is heart-warming when someone from abroad, planning a visit to Cyprus, contacts us to ask for information about workshops. That is where we want to be! It is not all about October; it is all about the entire year of your membership!

In closing, this quote from the Dalai Lama caught my eye: 

“The intelligent way to be selfish is to work for the welfare of others”

— The Dalai Lama

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Wishing you days of great creativity!

The COS Team

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NEARING DEADLINE TIME

 

The annual open studios events all over the world  provide the means for self-guided tours of artist studios and workshops, totally free of charge to the public. This art-loving and art-buying public enjoys one-on-one exchanges with creative people and appreciate learning more about what inspires the creators of the pieces they particularly like  – and may buy. They are fascinated by demonstrations of techniques and enjoying some refreshments at the same time.

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Open Studios visitors exploring the work of Patricia Leighton (New York)  http://www.studios-efanyc.org/

  http://backwaterartists.ie/events/open-studios/                 open29

see what others say about open studios…

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http://columbiametro.com/Columbia-Metro/March-2013/Touring-Creativity/

You may wonder why we do what we do. Well, I asked myself that same question just yesterday!

The answer was quite simple: to serve those who take the trouble to share the manifestation of their hopes and dreams in the form of their creations, and the second part of the answer: to serve an appreciative public who respect what you do and are taking the trouble to pay you a visit!

It also gives us the opportunity to collaborate with organisations such as PAFOS2017 and Cyprus Tourist Organisation as well as other respected people island-wide. Don’t you think that’s exciting? Your name and what you do become better known in the process.

BUT… here’s the catch: You need to register as a member of Cyprus Open Studios by 30 April 2017.

Here are some benefits of becoming a member of COS – Cyprus Open Studios

* A website entry – a page of your own – on the site with 8 images of your work, directions and a map to find you, your artist statement, as well as your detailed CV if you wish it to be included

* Publicity over all media, newspapers, magazines, radio and television

* Publicity abroad in art and culture publications and travel magazines

* Being featured in the printed catalogue with 1 image, again on a page of your own – not only distributed locally, but also published on a global publishing platform … the entire year of your membership – and beyond. Valuable beyond measure!

* Gaining recognition is critical to being or becoming a professional artist or artisan

* Signage to guide visitors to your studio or workshop

* Networking opportunities with fellow members

* You gain exposure to the art-loving and art-buying public

* You take 100% of the direct sales of your artwork as well as the proceeds of any commissions you gain

* Be a part of the larger community and meet other artists from all over the island and abroad

* You have the opportunity to build your vein of gold: your mailing list!

* COS serves as an inspiration to create new work every year and to interact with a deeply admiring public – yes, they love it! Hundreds of open studio events worldwide are proof of that!

Cyprus Open Studios have also negotiated with galleries in Larnaca, Limassol, Nicosia and Paphos to host Cyprus Open Galleries – register as a member under Cyprus Open GALLERIES and you stand a chance of being part of a curated exhibition in one of four or five well-respected galleries island-wide. The fee is incredibly low for a curated exhibition!

Over and above this, we also assist artists – physically – to exhibit abroad. Six hopefuls applied for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show, and whilst they were not accepted, they now go on to the Salon des Refuses exhibition, also in London. Marina Emphietzi works tirelessly to promote you and your work in London. There are other venues lined up, still in negotiating stages, but if you are serious about what you do, we can help you widen your platform. The intention is to show elsewhere in Europe throughout the year of your membership.

Lastly, the winner of the 2016 COS Prize Draw came to claim her prize. She chose to put the €150,00 voucher, sponsored by art-en-route-cyprus.com, towards a sculpture made by Karen Betts of Artemis Studios. Here are some happy faces on the occasion:

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Karen Betts, Terri Cook and Maria Etheridge at Artemis Studios with Aphrodite’s Tail

Cyprus Open Studios run a free prize draw during the month of October whereby visitors collect signatures from four separate studio locations to qualify. The completed form goes into a big bag and an impartial observer publicly pulls out the name of the lucky winner of the Gift Voucher. This year, it will once again be sponsored by art-en-route-cyprus.com, a directory website for all artists living and working in Cyprus, some of whom are participants in Cyprus Open Studios.

Upcoming news:

  • Collaborating with Pafos2017 for a one day event in June for COS members – more next time.
  • The opportunity to use empty shops as studios for those who do not have their own studios and wish to participate anyway. We are in the process of negotiating with Pafos2017 in this regard.

Till next time, keep on creating!

The COS Team.

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Excitement is Rising

As we come closer to the October event, things hot up.
Don’t simmer on the back burner – get to the fire and get hot!
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We are just reaching the end of the Early Bird reduced registration fee structure and although quite a few have grabbed the opportunity, many are still simmering… However, no need to panic! As from 1 March until 30 April 2017, registration fees are exactly the same as they were last year. This is, of course, extraordinary as we are offering more than ever before!

Here at the virtual COS office we are working towards making the experience more and more exciting and this year, we have added the opportunity for professional artists to be selected for gallery exhibitions. This is a first! The attraction is the price. For a flat fee – way less than galleries usually charge – you will have the full force of Cyprus Open Studios (COS) promotional machine behind you. If you are selected, you will be listed under the separate heading of Cyprus Open Galleries on the website.

If you do not get selected by the galleries who are hosting this year, we would strongly recommend that you team up with each other or with other artists in your area to open a studio space together. If you have any questions about this process, please contact us for further details. It is an opportunity not to be missed!

gabi-gillian-2Visitors to Gillian Keef’s open studio

Last month we shared a blog post from Jason Horejs, who is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona – here is the link in case you have missed it: http://reddotblog.com/hosting-a-successful-open-studio/

One of the points he made was this:
With more and more open studio events appearing around the country, this is a great topic. An open studio tour can be a great way to get your feet wet if you’re new to the art market, and for established artists it can be a great way to build connections directly with art buyers.

And the other point that really impressed me was this:
If you think about it, it’s almost like a treasure hunt. Participants are provided with a map and then get to plot their course from studio to studio looking for art that grabs them.
Participants also get to meet the artist. Art buyers love this! While it’s certainly possible to fall in love with a piece of art for its own sake (this happens all the time in the gallery), it adds a whole new dimension for clients when they can meet the artist.
At COS, it is our mission to make the experience of both artists and visitors one to be remembered and also to create the desire to do it again next time.

Another first for COS is that we have assisted 6 artists to register for selection at the Royal Academy of Art in London; their Summer Show is one that artists will forfeit their eye teeth for! The 6 artists are all members of Cyprus Open Studios and we will do everything in our power to make their experience as painless as possible.

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Should they not be accepted by the RA, they will automatically qualify to be exhibited at the Salon des Refuses, also in London. No mean ‘second prize’ – and yes, we at COS are assisting with that too.

salon-des-refusesOne of last year’s Salon des Refuses summer shows.

There are several other opportunities abroad and when we have further information, it will be shared on our blog – follow us by adding your email address in the space to the right and you won’t miss out!

However, if you wish to participate in exhibitions abroad under the Cyprus Open Studios umbrella, you need to be a member. Don’t be shy – have a look at our website which is growing with 2017 members – and complete the registration form. Registration closes on 30 April 2017, which will be extended until 31 May 2017, but with a small penalty for late registration.

Have a look at the FAQ if you are unsure of the procedure; if you cannot find your answer there, please contact us either via the website or by email at info@cyprusopenstudios.com – we would be delighted to help.

starving-artist Best guess for this image: Henry Wallis:  The Death of Chatterton

We have often heard and read about artists toiling away in cold attics in bitter winters with no hot water and six flights of stairs under snow. Well, in this day and age there is no need to starve, or commit suicide, as an artist.

These days, what we hear a lot is: ‘I’m not really good with a computer’… Our advice is: Get better! It can only improve your chances of success if you know how to handle emails and images as there will always be people like us at COS who are ready to help you promote your art. But you need to get your skills honed not only to produce your ‘product’, but also to ‘launch’ it.

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If you think we can help, send us a email… yes, that’s the way to do it!

Email Inbox       Till next time, keep on creating!

Let it flow…

Art is a link to Source – Infinity Consciousness. The transformative potential in all of us allows art to be a path of self-knowledge and self-transcendence. My creations serve to raise consciousness so that we can recognize the Divine within and create a better world for us all.  ~ James F. Jereb, PhD*

In my humble opinion, making art is as close to touching Divinity as you can get. I agree with Mr. Jereb in that art is a link to one’s super consciousness; it peels away the layers of daily grind until you find yourself ‘in the zone’, much like a long-distance runner or yoga practitioner. When you are in the process, your mind seems to go into neutral and you coast along without any effort.

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(Must make a point of watching this film!)

“Ah, but that is not entirely true!” I hear you cry.

OK, sometimes it is hard to get anything to go right, as colours, perspective or composition just don’t want to obey any of the rules. My response to that would be that you should stop trying so hard and just DO. It doesn’t matter if things go wrong! The point is to let that little creative ferret come out of its hiding place and run all over the canvas or over whatever surface you are working on. Don’t keep it under a lid – just let it run! Before long you would be so engaged, things would start flowing…

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Yes, just let it flow! You can always tear it up or start over. You can even start doing something entirely different!

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Our new-look website is up and running – have a look here … we are in the process of early registration for our 2017 event in October. It’s all very exciting as we will be concentrating efforts on specific regions for the four weeks, e.g.

Week 1  –  Paphos

Week 2  –  Nicosia

Week 3  –  Limassol

Week 4 –  Larnaca

Of course, the publicity and marketing will encompass the whole island for the entire month, but the four regions each will be highlighted in turn. This will include a gallery exhibition in each of the four cities, featuring established artists – something that has not been done here before, but we tested it in 2016. More details about this in a later post – early days! On our website you will see a section under “Members > Cyprus Open Galleries” – COG. Yes, an essential part in the wheel…

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Pafos2017 launched over the last weekend of January and it all sounds very exciting with lots of interesting activities all over town. We, at Cyprus Open Studios, wish each participant in this momentous event the very best of luck. May you go forth and prosper!

COS is looking ahead towards 2018 and beyond. Every step we take is with an eye on our future.

This year, we have already started a programme whereby we assist artists with exhibitions abroad. This spring, six of our members will attempt to be accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts in London – we wish them well! Should they not be successful, they will automatically qualify for the Salon des Refuses, also in London – seems to me like a win-win situation! There are two other opportunities, also in London, but we have not yet tied up the loose ends… More about this later.

In 2018, we envisage expanding the programme into Europe. This is all in the planning stages, as well as a very exciting ‘happening’ to coincide with the opening of COS 2018. Again, there are lots of elements to bring together and we are hoping to make the world aware of Cyprus and the vast treasure trove of talent we have.

Here in the Northern Hemisphere we are in deep winter – spice up those Winter Blues by adding a dash of Red! The kiln or the forge also helps… Keep on creating!

open-forge Isn’t this gorgeous?!

The COS Team.

* James F. Jereb, PhD, is a self-taught, visionary artist who works in paint, print and stone and is the creator of Stardreaming, Temples of the Cosmos, a 22-acre sacred stone temple labyrinth complex for the new millennium located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Read all about him here: http://www.stardreaming.org/about.php and about the website: http://www.stardreaming.org/index.php